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Our Interview with Michael Hodson from goseewrite.com Travel Blog:
Why did you start traveling?
I started traveling long ago in the States, and then later while I was still working as a lawyer, to Europe on solo trips. At the end of 2008 though, I closed down my legal practice in a quest to circle the globe without using a single airplane. Sixteen months later, I made it all the way around and decided to just keep going. Why? I just love seeing new and cool places. It is as simple as that for me.
What is the most important during your travels?
Well, these days unfortunately the most important things relate to work, because I have to work on the road to be able to afford further traveling. So the most important things for me are things like my laptop, my cameras and lenses, my hard drives with my content, and a good wifi connection to get work up on the internet. In more general travel terms, the most important thing for me is having the freedom to go wherever I want, whenever I want. Mostly, I manage to keep that freedom and it is what I enjoy most about my life.
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
I don’t think there has been one single experience that has been most important. I have met a good dozen people in the last five years though that I now consider some of my best friends in the world. In the end, that is the most important thing — the people you meet and get to know.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
Such a tough question! For the most part, I have found that the really tourist places in the world that are known to be amazing and beautiful… are amazing and beautiful. There is a reason they are iconic locations. If I had to choose just one, I think I’d choose Angkor Wat. I’ve been there now three times and might be going back again in a few months.
What do you avoid when you travel?
I try to avoid certain types of people. I’m not a big fan of travel know-it-alls that tell you how to travel or where to go or why the places you’ve been aren’t as interesting as the places they have been. The world is a huge, cool, fascinating place and there is plenty of room out there for every sort of traveler and type of travel. The people that judge how others travel really tend to wear me out and are well worth avoiding.
What is your biggest travel dream?
Right now it is doing a lot more of Africa. I’d love to do Morocco to South Africa overland (I’ve already done the other side — Cape Town to Cairo, overland), but I don’t know when I’ll have time to do it!
What are you favourites travelers? What blogs do you read?
There are so many good bloggers and travelers out there. A few I like are: www.
brendansadventures.com and www.floratheexplorer.com and www. alexinwanderland.com and www.thisamericangirl.com